Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

People that are comfortable with themselves I think is very sexy. My cat is really sexy.

~ Gina Gershon ~

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Universal Truth

The older I get the better I used to be!

~ Lee Trevino ~

Friday, October 29, 2010

Poetry Friday

...Most mornings these days
Ralph Edwards comes into the bedroom and says, "Elizabeth,
this is your life. Get up and look for color,
look for color everywhere."

~ Elizabeth Alexander from "Today's News" ~

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween and Cats

Every year in America and some European countries, our precious pets are put in danger, especially black cats, due to superstitions and legends that claim that black cats are bad luck. This misinformation stems from the belief that witches could transform themselves into cats to carry out evil deeds incognito during the night.

~ Candace Runaas ~

Image courtesy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.

~Emily Dickinson ~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ghost Season!

Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.

~ J.M. Barrie ~

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Here!

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.

~ Dave Barry ~

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

You carry your tail as a banner...

~ Amy Lowell from "To Winky" ~

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book As Performance

Each single-author book is immensely particular, a story told as only one storyteller could recount it. Scholarship is a collagist, building the next iteration of what we know book by book. Stories end, and that, I think, is a very good thing. A single authorial voice is a kind of performance, with an audience of one at a time, and no performance should outstay its welcome. Because a book must end, it must have a shape, the arc of thought that demonstrates not only the writer's command of her or his subject but also that writer's respect for the reader. A book is its own set of bookends.

~ William Germano ~

Friday, October 22, 2010

Poetry Friday

...I believe that in the end poems strike something deeper than thought itself.

~ Edward Hirsch from How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry ~

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Autumn's a grand old drag
            in torched and tumbled chiffon
                        striking her weary pose.

~ Mark Doty from "Couture" ~

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If He Could See the Way People Dress Today...

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.

~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Wimps Allowed

You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.

~ Les Brown ~

Monday, October 18, 2010


We are all robots when uncritically involved with our technologies.

~ Marshall McLuhan ~

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?

~ Anne Tyler ~


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Good Choice!

I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil, and I reached out for God.

~ Mario Sepulveda, rescued Chilean miner ~

Photo of Mario Sepulveda courtesy El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile

Friday, October 15, 2010

Poetry Friday

I am writing poetry because it seems the way I can say things that have meaning that is almost beyond language. Poetry is a hint, I guess, a whiff, of the depths of the heart.

~ Cynthia Rylant ~

Photo by Bob.Fornal

Thursday, October 14, 2010

One of Eliot's Cats

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity
~ T. S. Eliot from "Macavity: The Mystery Cat" ~

Photo by Forty Two

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Heaven and Earth In Your Hands!

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue--you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night--there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.

~ Christopher Morley ~

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Release That Prisoner!

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.

~ Michelangelo ~

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sad, But Probably True

Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

No matter how hard you try to teach your cat general relativity, you're going to fail.

~ Brian Greene ~

Photo by cokescroaks

Saturday, October 9, 2010


If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

~ Vince Lombardi ~

Photo by glsims99

Friday, October 8, 2010

Poetry Friday

Never yet has poet sung a perfect song,
But his life was rooted like a tree's, among
Earth's great, feeding forces,--even as crag and mould,
Rhythms that stir the forest by firm fibres hold.

Harmonies ethereal haunt his topmost bough,
Upward from the mortal drawn, he knows not how:
The old, sacred story of celestial birth
Rising from terrestrial; heaven revealed through earth.

~ Lucy Larcom from "The Trees" ~

Note: the illustration is taken from Childhood Songs by Lucy Larcom published in 1874. A digitized copy is available at Google Books.)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Book = Friend

A book, being a physical object, engenders a certain respect that zipping electrons cannot. Because you cannot turn a book off, because you have to hold it in your hands, because a book sits there, waiting for you, whether you think you want it or not, because of all these things, a book is a friend. It’s not just the content, but the physical being of a book that is there for you always and unconditionally.

~ Mo Willems ~

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A True Apple Lover

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

~ Martin Luther ~

Photo by Muffet

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Fun Idea

fold poems and quotes into origami and leave them on public transport

~ from the website 43Things ~

Monday, October 4, 2010

On The Hunger Games Trilogy

Yes, there are very relevant themes and messages present in the novel (government control, anti-war, independence, etc). I, for one, do not think they are too obvious or too didactic. They don’t interfere with the natural progression of the story, yet they made me continue to think about the novels long after I was done reading.

~ Juliann Guiffre ~

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

When a Cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it until the wind changes.

~ T.S. Eliot ~

Photo by i_marinari

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I Like the Way This Woman Thinks!

Fundamentally, reading creates better societies. This is not a theory. This is a quantifiable fact: There is a direct correlation between the rate of literacy in a nation and its success.

This is why the funding of American libraries should be a matter of national security. Keeping libraries open, giving access to all children to all books is vital to our nation’s sovereignty.

~ Karin Slaughter ~

Friday, October 1, 2010

Poetry Friday

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.

~ Christopher Fry ~